NEW YORK — David Ortiz hit a two-run homer and Jonathan Papelbon labored through the ninth inning to earn his 200th save, leading the Boston Red Sox over the New York Yankees 6-4 Tuesday night.
Jacoby Ellsbury led off the game with a home run and Adrian Gonzalez hit an RBI triple as the Red Sox roughed up Freddy Garcia (4-5) early to move within two percentage points of the first-place Yankees in the AL East.
New York first baseman Mark Teixeira left the game in pain after getting hit on the kneecap by a first-inning pitch from Jon Lester.
Derek Jeter had two hits to move within 12 of 3,000. He entered the 10-game homestand with 2,986 and said the most pressure he feels in his march toward the milestone is reaching the mark at Yankee Stadium.
Working on seven days’ rest, Lester (8-2) gave up three runs and eight hits — seven singles — in six innings.
The Red Sox have been on a tear since arriving in the Bronx on May 13, starting a run in which they have won 17 of 23 with a three-game sweep of the Yankees. They have beaten New York in six of their seven meetings this year.
Papelbon, pitching while he appeals a three-game ban for making contact with an umpire Saturday, gave up an RBI single to Jorge Posada but struck out Alex Rodriguez with a runner on second for his 12th save. He reached 200 saves in 359 appearances, fewest in baseball history. Mariano Rivera is next at 382 games.
Red Sox reliever Bobby Jenks left in the seventh after throwing just four pitches because of tightness in his back. Matt Albers came on and finished a walk to Posada before retiring three in a row. Daniel Bard was perfect in the eighth.
Ellsbury hit the fourth leadoff homer of his career, and the Red Sox chased Garcia soon after.
Garcia, along with Bartolo Colon, has been a steady surprise for the Yankees, helping to fill voids in the rotation left by the retired Andy Pettitte and injured Phil Hughes.
Garcia had gone at least five innings in each of his nine starts this season, but was knocked out after just 1 2-3 innings.
After Ellsbury connected, Dustin Pedroia walked, Gonzalez tripled and Kevin Youkilis hit a sacrifice fly.
Pedroia had an RBI double in the second to make it 4-1. Garcia intentionally walked Gonzalez to load the bases, ending his night.
Restless Yankees fans booed as Garcia walked off the field having given up four hits, three walks and four runs.
The Yankees scored in the bottom of the first, taking advantage of Lester’s early wildness, but received a scare when Teixeira was hit On the right knee by a pitch from Lester. Teixeira immediately crumbled to the dirt and rolled back and forth, holding his knee.
He had trouble putting weight on his leg and was assisted off the field. X-rays were negative and Teixeira will be re-evaluated Wednesday.
Posada, on the bench with the left-handed Lester on the mound, ran for Teixeira and stayed in at first base.
Robinson Cano drove in Curtis Granderson, who walked. Lester also hit Russell Martin with a pitch near the right knee, but Martin walked to first and appeared to be unhurt.
Posada, who pulled himself out of the lineup after he was dropped to ninth in the order the last time the Red Sox were in town, later got his first two hits of the season against a lefty. He snapped an 0-for-27 skid from the right side with a single in the third inning.
Ortiz hit a two-run shot off Hector Noesi in the fifth to make it 6-1.
Nick Swisher had a two-run double in the bottom half.
NOTES: To make room for Marco Scutaro, who was activated from the DL, the Red Sox sent RHP Scott Atchison to Triple-A Pawtucket. … RHP Phil Hughes (shoulder inflammation) threw off a mound at the Yankees’ complex in Tampa, Fla., and is expected to throw a simulated game Thursday. … RHP Carlos Silva was put on the DL at Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre because of shoulder stiffness. Sil va was released by the Chicago Cubs during spring training and agreed to a minor league contract with New York on April 9. … Jeter introduced the DJ3K bracelet marking his pursuit of 3,000 hits. Proceeds from the sale of the silicone bracelets will benefit his Turn 2 Foundation.
Indians 1, Twins 0
CLEVELAND — It took a masterful pitching performance to end Minnesota’s five-game winning streak.
Carlos Carrasco and Chris Perez combined to send Minnesota to its sixth shutout of the season. The Twins also had some outstanding pitching, holding the Indians to an unearned run and four hits, but it wasn’t enough.
“It was a good ballgame. It could have gone either way and they got the run. You’re not going to win many games with three hits,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after Tuesday night’s 1-0 loss to Cleveland, which snapped its five-game losing streak.
Francisco Liriano (3-6) came off the disabled list to make his first start since May 22. The left-hander showed no effects of an inflamed throwing shoulder that had sidelined him, allowing only the unearned run in the fourth. Liriano gave up three hits, struck out seven and walked three in five innings.
“Frankie threw the ball good for us,” Gardenhire said. “He misfired a little bit early. He came out of it healthy, which is a good thing for us so we can move on from there.”
Liriano wasn’t helped by some shoddy defense in the fourth. Carlos Santana doubled to start the inning and reached third when the ball got past left fielder Delmon Young for an error. Santana scored on a groundout to short by Shelley Duncan.
Liriano, who threw 81 pitches, was pleased with his performance.
“My arm didn’t bother me,” he said. “I felt the way I wanted to. I made some pretty good pitches when I needed to.”
The Twins had high praise for Carrasco (5-3), who gave up three hits, struck out six and walked one over 8 1-3 innings. The right-hander has won four of five starts since May 17. He went on the DL with an inflamed right shoulder on April 28, four days after lasting only three innings in a start in Minnesota.
“His ball was moving all over the place,” right fielder Michael Cuddyer said. “We faced him twice before, but I didn’t remember his sinker moving as much as it did tonight. That’s why he was so effective. He kept the ball down at the knees and down at the shins. He kept his velocity up the whole game with movement.”
“We ran into a buzz-saw pitcher out there,” Gardenhire said. “He really didn’t give us much of a chance.”
Carrasco retired the first 13 Twins he faced until Young doubled over the head of center fielder Grady Sizemore with one out in the fifth. Young took third when Luke Hughes followed with an infield hit up the middle. Shortstop Asdrubal Cabrera snagged it with a dive, but Hughes beat the throw to first.
Carrasco then got Brian Dinkelman to foul out and fanned Rene Rivera — who lost control of the bat waving at strike three. The bat went sailing about 110 feet and landed past third base.
In the seventh, the Twins’ Justin Morneau drew a one-out walk. Young followed with a bouncing ball up the middle that shortstop Cabrera got to and shoveled to second baseman Orlando Cabrera with his glove to start a rally-killing double play.
Perez replaced Carrasco after Ben Revere slapped a one-out single through the hole at shortstop in the ninth. Revere took second on a weak groundout by Alexi Casilla before Perez got Cuddyer on a called third strike for his 15th save in 16 chances.
Cuddyer whirled around and got in the face of plate umpire Adrian Johnson, but was restrained by Gardenhire and third base coach Steve Liddle.
“I didn’t think that pitch was a strike at all,” Cuddyer said. “I thought it was off the plate.”
Cuddyer wasn’t sure if he made contact with Johnson.
“I don’t remember,” he said. “I don’t know. I know I wasn’t happy.”
Relievers Chuck James and Phil Dumatrait held the Indians to one hit over the final three innings.
Cleveland broke an eight-game losing streak to the Twins.
NOTES: Morneau played first base after being the DH Monday. He didn’t play Saturday and Sunday because of a sore left wrist. … Twins OF Denard Span returned to Minnesota to have his sore neck examined by team doctors. He was hurt sliding into home plate Friday against Kansas City and didn’t play Saturday and Sunday. Gardenhire said Span is experiencing the same lightheaded symptoms he had from an inner ear infection in 2009. … C Joe Mauer, who is playing at Class A Fort Myers, had a scheduled day off Tuesday. He caught five innings Monday and will catch six to nine innings Wed nesday. Mauer has been on the disabled list since April 14 with leg weakness.